Jury Selection to Start in 'American Sniper' Murder Case

Eddie Ray Routh trial
Posted at 8:39 AM, Feb 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-09 08:39:00-05

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jury selection is to begin in the trial of the man accused of fatally shooting a former Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated film "American Sniper."

More than 260 potential jurors are to report to district court Monday in the Texas town of Stephenville, southwest of Fort Worth. Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh is charged with capital murder in the deaths of Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield two years ago at a luxury resort's shooting range in rural Texas.

The film "American Sniper" is based on Kyle's 2012 memoir about his four tours in Iraq. He left the Navy in 2009.

About 800 jury summonses were sent out. Several hundred people who weren't eliminated due to exemptions or other factors took part in a qualification process last week.